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Sociology of Religion: Exercises Using General Social Surveys, 2000-2002 [Instructional Materials] (ICPSR 3719)

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These instructional materials were developed from GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEYS, 1972-2002: [CUMULATIVE FILE], compiled by James A. Davis, Tom W. Smith, and Peter V. Marsden. The data file (an SPSS portable file) and accompanying documentation are provided to assist educators in instructing students about religion and social issues in the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. An instructor's handout has also been included. This handout contains the following sections, among others: (1) an exercise using General Social Surveys data to create and validate a measure of religiosity, and then to relate the measure to other social variables, (2) an exercise using General Social Surveys data to explore the relationship between religiosity and other social variables using crosstabulation (focusing on two- and three-variable relationships) and to explore the concepts of explanation, spuriousness, and replication, and (3) an exercise using General Social Surveys data to create a measure of religious fundamentalism and to explore the relationship between this measure and various forms of religious behavior and opinions on social issues. The data contain information on the attitudes of a national probability sample of adults 18 years of age and older on a range of social and political issues. For this instructional subset, some variables were recoded and some new variables were created to facilitate analysis. Variables in the dataset include responses to questions on family and gender roles, abortion, sex and sexual materials, personal morals and social mores, social control, general political attitudes, and socioeconomic status.

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  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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Study Description


Nelson, Edward E. SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION: EXERCISES USING GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEYS, 2000-2002 [INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS]. Prepared by Edward E. Nelson, California State University, Fresno, Sociology Department. 2nd ICPSR version. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03719.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Bible, Christianity, church attendance, instructional materials, instructional modules, pornography, prayer, religion, religious attitudes, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious fundamentalism, social issues, sociology

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2000--2002

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004

Universe:   All noninstitutionalized English-speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection was archived by ICPSR to promote the use of social science data in undergraduate and graduate education through the sharing of faculty-submitted ICPSR data-based instructional materials developed for use in the classroom.

These materials were developed from General Social Surveys, 1972-2002: [Cumulative File] (ICPSR 3728), which is no longer distributed by ICPSR.

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

The codebook and handout are provided as Microsoft Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:   The General Social Surveys data were collected using the National Opinion Research Center national probability sample. Full probability sampling was employed in the 2000 and 2002 surveys.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: SIMI instructional modules are to be used at ICPSR member institutions only. They may not be redistributed without the express written permission of the ICPSR.


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Version History:

  • 2005-01-07 The 1998 data have been removed and the 2002 data have been added. The data collection title, codebook, and handout have been modified accordingly.


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